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The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds…

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract…

by Barb Rosenstock (Author), Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)

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Russian Painter ,Vasya Kindinsky, abstract art ,perseverance- listening to inner self
  LauraNelson | Jul 24, 2015 |
Great story about the Russian abstract artist who most likely had synesthesia. Biographical but fictionalized. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
This is a well-deserved Caldecott honor book. The illustrations are story meld together to create a wonderful story of Vasily Kandinsky, the well-known abstract artist. As a child Vasily did what he was told. Feeling he was different and thus very constrained it took awhile for the boy to become the man who embraced his differences and in doing so left behind incredible art.

Hearing colors as musical notes that danced and sung in the air is how the artist perceived art. This is a wonderful story of creative differences.
  Whisper1 | Apr 18, 2015 |
This a great read aloud as part of a unit of study on abstract art--in grades 2 through 4. Even though children may not understand the story being told the pictures help paint a better understanding. Creative approach to learning about artists and how even when they are young they see, feel, and hear the world in a unique way. This book shows how important it is to teach students that you see what you see and feel how you feel by what you see. ( )
  bl200329 | Apr 11, 2015 |
This is a great book to introduce children to a unit on abstract art and to the work of Vasily Kandinsky in particular. Many children can relate to the story of Kandinsky's childhood and his efforts to do as he is told, practicing music, studying, and painting “normal” pictures. They may not understand the idea of Kandinsky hearing colors singing and seeing colors dancing. The author's note explains that Kandinsky may have had a "harmless genetic condition called synesthesia--one sense triggers another."
The vocabulary offers an opportunity to discuss some fun art terms ("snapping cerulean points," "crunching crimson squares", pistachio, cobalt, and saffron ) There are examples of Kandinsky's art, the author's note and a source list to help use this in the classroom. I think it's also great to share one-on-one and discuss conformity/nonconformity and how not doing everything "properly" is okay for some people sometimes. ( )
  terran | Mar 28, 2015 |
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Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when his family sent him to art classes, they expected him to paint pretty houses and flowers—like a proper artist.
But as Vasya opened his paint box and began mixing the reds, the yellows, the blues, he heard a strange sound—the swirling colors trilled like an orchestra tuning up for a symphony! And as he grew older, he continued to hear brilliant colors singing and see vibrant sounds dancing. But was Vasya brave enough to put aside his proper still lifes and portraits and paint . . . music?
In this exuberant celebration of creativity, Barb Rosenstock and Mary GrandPré tell the fascinating story of Vasily Kandinsky, one of the very first painters of abstract art. Throughout his life, Kandinsky experienced colors as sounds, and sounds as colors—and bold, groundbreaking works burst forth from his noisy paint box.
Backmatter includes four paintings by Kandinsky, an author’s note, sources, links to websites on synesthesia and abstract art.

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Describes how his creative life was profoundly shaped by a neurological condition called synesthesia which caused him to experienced colors as sounds and sounds as colors.

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